Over the last decade, travel has quickly become one of the hottest growing economic sectors. As the rising trend of curating experiences instead of accumulating goods has become more important to consumers, travel has seen a surge. As a result, the hospitality industry is booming while its clientele becomes more conscious of the impact that large corporations have on the environment. The reaction? Travelers that expect the market to address their concerns.

To show their guests just how much they care about sustainability, many hotel chains have tried to reign in the impact they are having on the environment with efforts that will last far into the future. Their goal is to not only pave the way for other corporations to follow, but to continue to grow a brand that is consistently a good corporate citizen.

Concerns of Large Hotels

Because of condensed and frequent use of resources in a hotel, the impact they have on the environment is much larger than other facilities of the same size. Reducing carbon emissions, energy, water, and food waste is a focused effort across the industry. Facility managers understand that exploitation of natural resources by large corporations is no longer acceptable and are working hard to change their practices in areas such as:
* Reducing carbon emissions 
* Reducing the use of non-renewable energy
* Reducing their water footprint
* Reducing food waste

As the world population continues to grow, the energy, water, and food hotels waste in any given day are rising to the attention of their users. Smart brands are responding by changing practices and working hard to address these issues. 

How Hotels are Stepping Up

Reducing: Have you noticed a lighter water pressure or dimmer room? Properties are limiting water and energy use in rooms by using water conserving fixtures and longer lasting light bulbs that disperse light more effectively. 

 One of the first efforts of sustainability, the linen re-use program, is now standard and expected by travelers. Solar panels on roofs can be utilized to offset energy costs and, in some locations, produce enough renewable energy to meet their own energy consumption, qualifying them as a “zero energy” hotel.

 From composting food waste for use in local gardens, to donating used furniture, and company-wide recycling programs, industry leaders are jumping on the recycling bandwagon with both feet.

 With a broader vision of sustainable responsibility, builders and designers are starting at the ground level by choosing green certified products during construction, renovations, and while refreshing rooms. From wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, to fabrics that meet LEED standards, and buildings that meet the Well Building Standard, it’s easier than ever to bring in good practices from the ground up.

The facts are in: the efforts we make today create a better future for generations to come. From the programs they implement to the products they choose to use in their properties, the hospitality market is becoming a recognized leader in good sustainable citizenship. As a proud supplier to many hospitality venues, Milliken has a long history of sustainability. Stop by our hospitality market page today and discover how we can help your project make a sustainable impact in the hospitality market.